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      05-12-2014, 01:05 AM   #1
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I stored the vehicle last August after a full detail oil change and full tank of gas... I was planning on taking her out this summer after the pollen clears up but I am debating on leaving her inside until next summer she's sitting under the factory cover windows cracked slightly trunk is not fully shut she's also on the factory trickle charger. Should I start/drive her or just leave her be in her present state. I plan on letting my son and daughter drive her one day, my son is about 19 months old and my daughter is coming out around July.. So I'm trying to preserve her as much as possible. Should I buy the extended warranty thru BMW just incase?

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      05-12-2014, 06:00 AM   #2
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The car is meant to be driven, I understand you want to preserve it for your children but instead why not go on trips in it with them, take pictures, make memories. Then when your kids are old enough to appreciate it they will have many stories to say "this is the car where my dad and I did......" rather than "This is the car that sat in the garage doing nothing through my childhood. My dad tried to "save" a car for my sister and I from when she was born, a brand new 1987 S class. He babied the car and only drove it 70k miles in about 18 years. While I know it wasn't anywhere near as special of a car, it was the nicest car my dad had bought to date and was very proud to buy a $50k car in cash and wanted to save it. We sold the car years ago and it meant nothing honestly, the best parts were the few funny stories we have in the car. Like when my dad tried to change my sister's diaper in the back seat in the rain. Needless to say he got soaking wet and it was hilarious. Then he was like "That's it! I'm getting a mini van", it was hilarious.
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      05-12-2014, 09:34 AM   #3
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The car is meant to be driven, I understand you want to preserve it for your children but instead why not go on trips in it with them, take pictures, make memories. Then when your kids are old enough to appreciate it they will have many stories to say "this is the car where my dad and I did......" rather than "This is the car that sat in the garage doing nothing through my childhood. My dad tried to "save" a car for my sister and I from when she was born, a brand new 1987 S class. He babied the car and only drove it 70k miles in about 18 years. While I know it wasn't anywhere near as special of a car, it was the nicest car my dad had bought to date and was very proud to buy a $50k car in cash and wanted to save it. We sold the car years ago and it meant nothing honestly, the best parts were the few funny stories we have in the car. Like when my dad tried to change my sister's diaper in the back seat in the rain. Needless to say he got soaking wet and it was hilarious. Then he was like "That's it! I'm getting a mini van", it was hilarious.
Agreed.

Car's get all sorts of issues from not being driven.
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      05-12-2014, 09:55 AM   #5
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I Agree with the guys

You can drive it and still take good care of it so it can live up to 18 years in your case I guess. There are 25 y.o cars that are daily drivers till today, W126 for example
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      05-12-2014, 10:58 AM   #6
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For long term storage gas stabilizer in the tank would be good, as the gas will go bad.
Ideally you'd air up the tires an extra 10 psi and jack up the car to take weight off them to prevent them flat-spotting. Even better would be to take the wheels off and stick them in sealed bags filled with N2 so the rubber doesn't oxidize.

Skip the extended warranty, if you don't drive it much it'll be cheaper to simply fix issues that come up.

Your best move, however, would be to drive it about 10 miles every month or two, enough to get warm, and try to cycle all the little electric motors, seats, windows, vents, etc while you're at it. This will insure the motor gets a nice even coat of protective oil, and that no corrosion starts to form either on bearings or electrical contacts- once it does it will eventually turn into a bad stop that will cause failure shortly after you start using it again. I'd much rather buy a car used this way than one stored long term without use, as those tend to require serious repair bills shortly after they go back in service.
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      05-12-2014, 01:20 PM   #7
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It's a car, not a Faberge egg! Drive it!

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I also have a 1953 MG TD that gets driven on short jaunts. My father gave it to me. That's a 60+ year old car and as previously noted, it, like any other car, will continue to drive great as it is properly maintained.
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The car is meant to be driven, I understand you want to preserve it for your children but instead why not go on trips in it with them, take pictures, make memories. Then when your kids are old enough to appreciate it they will have many stories to say "this is the car where my dad and I did......" rather than "This is the car that sat in the garage doing nothing through my childhood. My dad tried to "save" a car for my sister and I from when she was born, a brand new 1987 S class. He babied the car and only drove it 70k miles in about 18 years. While I know it wasn't anywhere near as special of a car, it was the nicest car my dad had bought to date and was very proud to buy a $50k car in cash and wanted to save it. We sold the car years ago and it meant nothing honestly, the best parts were the few funny stories we have in the car. Like when my dad tried to change my sister's diaper in the back seat in the rain. Needless to say he got soaking wet and it was hilarious. Then he was like "That's it! I'm getting a mini van", it was hilarious.
Absolutely agree w/ carchrism5. Moreover, technology is increasing so rapidly in cars, the 1M is going to be ancient in 16 years, who knows if they'll even want it? Stop thinking about it and go drive your car!
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A lot of kids these days don't care about cars, many don't even bother with a licence. They would rather have a new phone. Ugh......

It's a car, why have it if you are not going to drive it?
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As many others have already said, DRIVE IT!!!. Regular use is far better for maintaining oil seals, brake & coolant components etc. These components are probably already degrading due to lack of use.

I recently put my 5 year old BMW GS motorcycle in storage for 6 months, took her out and within a few weeks I had ABS unit failure and an oil leak at the rear main seal. Before this the bike had no issues.
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      05-12-2014, 08:49 PM   #11
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I understand driving it will be better but I have the luxury of driving different vehicles for lesuire. This being the first M purchased in the family were making it a point that it will be driven within the next generations to come. Pete thanks replying to my question, I did add stabil prior to storage so all should be well. I have access to a dealer plate and will take your advice on 10 miles a month would it be better to run it on a Dyno so theres less resistance?

I recently bought and sold an evolution iv that was stored in a garage since 2003, after replacing all fluids she ran like a champ all she really needed was the oil switch replaced i was weary of people not knowing to to fix her that why she was sold. hopefully people down the line get familiar with with this chassis so they can identify symptoms ASAP.
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I have access to a dealer plate and will take your advice on 10 miles a month would it be better to run it on a Dyno so theres less resistance?
No, I'd do it on the road (when it's nice out) to make sure you're exercising all of the suspension, etc as well. You're trying to keep everything moving so that it doesn't have an chance to seize.

As for load, once everything is warm and broken in then high load is probably a good thing. Many of the biggest problems with modern direct injection cars, carbon buildup, etc, occur when a car isn't allowed to fully warm or isn't driven hard enough. I'd personally want to get on full boost a few times at least once every few drives after the oil, etc is fully up to temp.
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